The Home Office Official Development Assistance (ODA) budget provides support to asylum seekers while their claims for refugee status are being processed and provide support to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASCs). ODA funding helps pay for food, shelter, travel and training for up to 12 months for people that are unable to live in their own country for fear of persecution because of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or other factors such as sexual orientation. This is an important complement to critical humanitarian support delivered overseas.
The commitment to resettle 20,000 refugees from Syria by 2020 was made by the Government in September 2015. Funding enables authorities to provide refugees who have fled conflict and persecution with a safe environment and the chance to rebuild their lives. The Home Office Official Development Assistance (ODA) budget pays for two resettlement schemes: The Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (SVPRS) and the Vulnerable Children Resettlement Scheme (VCRS). Home Office ODA funding pays for food, shelter and training for up to 12 months. By the end of Sept. 2019, over 18,000 refugees had found safety in the UK to rebuild their lives as part of the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. The Home Office is on-track to deliver the full VPRS commitment by the end of 2020.
Project Hunter is aimed at developing rules based targeting capabilities that will allow ODA countries to form robust intelligence and targeting strategies. Project Chaucer (in West Africa only) looks to create highly-skilled multi-agency local teams capable of deterring the use of individuals and freight to smuggle drugs or other harmful commodities within developing countries by criminal gangs. Hunter/Chaucer projects and activities are based in three main geographical areas the Americas, Africa and EurAsia and have officers embedded in various locations around the world working with local law enforcement agencies and key stakeholders.
The Modern Slavery Fund is the Home Office’s £33.5m official development assistance (ODA) fund to support the UK’s goal of reducing the prevalence of modern slavery in countries from which the UK sees a high number of victims. This activity started in 2016/17 and will end in 2020/21. The fund actively contributes to achieving the UN sustainable development goal target 8.7 which calls for “immediate and effective measures to eradicate modern slavery” by 2030. The fund forms part of a UK government commitment to spend £200m of ODA on tackling modern slavery. As part of the Home Office Modern Slavery Fund we are investing £3m in Vietnam, £5m in Nigeria and £2m in Albania. The Modern Slavery Fund also includes an £11m Innovation Fund, which builds the evidence base by supporting projects taking innovative approaches to tackling modern slavery.
A programme of law enforcement capacity building activity benefiting ODA countries, which includes technical training and the provision of capability enhancing equipment and supports improved border capacity. More broadly Immigration Enforcement International's (IEI) work in this area promotes improved security system management and reform, including through projects designed to tackle the corruption that both enables irregular/illegal migration and adversely impacts development. Delivered through 27 ODA funded staff based across Americas, Asia Pacific, Africa, South and South East Asia and the Middle East.